Providence: Published by George P. Daniels, 1843. A later edition. Original pictorial brown wrappers, 5.5 x 3.5 inches, 24 pages. Frontis, illus. Small neat early ink gift inscription to the inside front wrapper. Item #19068
“She knew there was no absolute necessity for her becoming an accomplished woman, while an actual reason existed for her becoming a useful one.” A pious teenaged girl in Virginia, who lives with her blind grandfather, teaches herself French while being of use; she is befriended by wealthy young Miss Somerville (whose beauty is of course but the outward blush of the consumptive), and Ruth is eventually adopted by Miss Somerville’s mother after the young friend’s expected pious death. First published as early as 1831 in New York and in 1834 in Providence; the work may be from the pen of English author Jane Margaret Strickland (see the Osborne Collection copy at the University of Toronto) per the entry of a [ca. 1820?] copy published by A. K. Newman & Co. in London, the attribution per their catalog taken from “The English novel 1830-1836: a bibliographical survey of fiction published in the British Isles website; the title Ellen Cleveland (A29) ‘by Jane Strickland’ also identifies her as the author of Orphan Rachel.” This issue with the date of 1845 on the wrapper imprint; the ads on rear wrapper advertise 12 children’s titles from Daniels, at 6-1/2 cents each.